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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

Carmen Zapata: Emmy-nominated actress and singer who started a foundation to promote the work of Hispanic writers

Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

Royal Mail have issued a new set of stamps featuring 12 characters from children's TV, which will be issued to celebrate over 60 years of kid's programming.

Children's TV characters to appear on stamps

Favourites from Bob the Builder to Bagpuss will be pictured in the collection

Ice queen: Skelton went to Antarctica for Sport Relief

My life in travel: Helen Skelton

'After two months in Antarctica, a hairdryer felt like a luxury'

Back to the future: David Bradley and Claudia Grant in 'An Adventure in Space and Time'
The competition invites children to create a new sonic device for characters such as Strax, Madame Vastra or Jenny Flint

Children asked to design new gadget for Doctor Who in competition

Blue Peter viewers will be invited to design a gadget to feature in the next series of BBC1’s Doctor Who.

James McAvoy as a drug-addled, booze-sodden, totally depraved policeman

James McAvoy denies claim that he would play Jimmy Savile on the big screen

Actor James McAvoy has denied the claim that he would play disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile if novelist Irvine Welsh ever wrote a script about the sex predator.

TV presenter Helen Skelton has also complained of Twitter abuse

Helen Skelton quits Blue Peter after five years

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is to bow out after five and a half years next month - and will be replaced by CBBC colleague Radzi Chinyanganya.

Bridget Christie: witty, wise, a little off-the-wall

Edinburgh 2013: Bridget Christie - A winningly warm comedian

Early on in her show, Bridget Christie says that she was ready to give up on stand-up last year. Thank goodness she stuck with it. This is a fiery, original and laughter-packed hour which announces her as one of the finest and most engaging comedians around.

20. Felicity Ward, Udderbelly Pasture: 'I really wanted kids when I was in my early 20s but I could just never... lure them into my car. No, I'm kidding... I don’t have a licence.'

Edinburgh Festival preview: Comedy - Felicity Ward, David Baddiel and Knightmare Live

Last year, this critic was bowled over by the Australian comic Felicity Ward and her confessional tour-de-force The Hedgehog Dilemma. This time around, in Irregardless (Underbelly Bristo Square, underbelly.co.uk, Wed to 26 Aug, she's applying her spiky wit to topics including autotune and junkies.

Actress Amanda Bynes arriving for a court appearance in Manhattan earlier this month

Troubled She's The Man actress Amanda Bynes sectioned after allegedly setting fire to herself

She’s The Man actress Amanda Bynes has been sectioned following a disturbance in Southern California during which she is alleged to have set fire to herself and the driveway of a residential property.

Chuggington is on the right lines for Ludorum

Move over, Thomas the Tank Engine – rival children's TV show Chuggington has not given up on its journey to conquer the world and become "the premier evergreen pre-school global train property".

Amanda Bynes has been arrested after throwing a bong out of an apartment window

She's The Man actress Amanda Bynes arrested after throwing marijuana bong out of window

American actress Amanda Bynes, star of 2006 film She's The Man, has been arrested in New York City after she threw a marijuana bong out of a window.

BBC Media City in Salford, Manchester

BBC offers staff £24m 'bribes' for move to Salford

Some employees at corporation get six-figure sums just to relocate to new base in North-west

Holly Willoughby would like to bring back the golden age of children's TV

Holly Willoughby bemoans loss of live children's television like Going Live! and CD: UK

TV star Holly Willoughby has bemoaned the loss of live Saturday-morning children's TV.

Still from A Close Shave starring Shaun the Sheep

Wallace and Gromit's pal Shaun The Sheep to star in his own movie

Children's cartoon character Shaun The Sheep is to star in his own movie.

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But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones